A particular hairstyle common to anime and manga heroines that involves styling one's hair into two buns worn at about 45-degree angles on the side of the head. This can make them look similar to Mickey Mouse ears depending on how simplified they're drawn. The buns themselves are often given cloth covers tied with ribbons. It is particularly common with Anime Chinese Girls as it is a traditional Chinese hairstyle, although in China, the style is called "ox horn" and it was gender neutral for children.
There is also a less common variation of this style where the buns themselves have a triangular (or conical) shape, which can make someone look like a Cat Girl at first sight.
The style has spread into the real world among fans of the aforementioned heroines. Naoko Takeuchi used to wear her hair like Sailor Moon's before important exams during college, so she incorporated it into her heroine.
Does NOT count if the buns are over the character's ears. That's the Princess Leia. This style, with or without cloth covers, is different because it is used to signal maturity rather than cuteness. This is because the hairstyle covers the ears, and thus was seen as modest and chaste.
The style is named after the odango, a sweet dumpling eaten on a skewer as a Japanese snack, traditionally served at hanami (cherry blossom and flower viewing festivals.) Compare Horned Hairdo and Prim and Proper Bun. This style can be wildly over-exaggerated as Mega Twintails.
- May Chang from Fullmetal Alchemist wears two small high buns with Braids of Action. She's an innocent and polite Anime Chinese Girl.
- In Jinzō Konchū Kabuto Borg VxV, Linlin Ryūshō wears two covered high buns on the sides of her head. She is the daughter of the manager of Shōryūken, a Chinese restaurant.
- Sailor Moon:
- Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon wears small high buns on the sides of her head, which earned the nickname "odango atama" ("dumpling-head"; the DiC dub of the first anime uses "meatball-head", while Viz Media redub and the manga use "bun-head"). Her hairstyle has become extremely iconic and it's made her one of the most recognizable characters in anime. It's also shown that Queen Serenity, her mother in her past life as Princess Serenity, had the same hairstyle.
- Chibi-Usa also wears her hair in two buns, though hers are shaped like rabbit's ears to reference her and Usagi's rabbit motif.
- Shuri wears her hair in these in Avengers: Infinity War. According to Word of God, this was meant as an intentional nod to Princess Leia in Star Wars.
- Star Wars:
- Padmé wears her hair in small buns on the sides of her head during her first scene in Revenge of the Sith, which is actually the scene when she reveals that she is pregnant with Leia and Luke. This is an intentional reference to Princess Leia's famous hairstyle.
- In The Force Awakens, Kaydel Ko Connix wears two high buns on the sides of her head.
- Star vs. the Forces of Evil: Mina Loveberry is a Sailor Senshi Send-Up (albeit an insane and bloodthirsty version), and thus she has a hairstyle that's pretty much exactly like Usagi/Sailor Moon's, with two small buns on each side of her head combined with two long pigtails.
- Star Wars Resistance: Torra Doza has two small high buns on each side of her head.
- Steven Universe:
- Holly Blue Agate from the "Out of This World" arc has two conical buns that are effectively a cross between this and a Horned Hairdo.
- In the movie, Spinel used to have a pair of heart-shaped buns in her original form, before being abandoned in Pink Diamond's garden for 6,000 years. Over that time, her hair became messier and messier before loosening into spiky pigtails with her Evil Costume Switch. Her hair buns always stay in the same place on her head no matter which angle she's facing, which is a reference to how Mickey Mouse's ears are designed in the same way.